We have a meeting coming up on Monday:
"Linux is Alexa's best mate"
Brendon Ranum, owner of a voice driven highly automated accommodation
business in Cambridge, discusses Alexa integration from a Linux User
Brendon will bring along his collection of every Amazon Echo ever made
(10 models), and talk about adding voice control in front of home
automation, the pitfalls, and how a spare Raspberry Pi can be used to
solve some of them. He will also demo creating and using Echo Skills,
compare differences in features of the Echo's in different countries,
and share how guests attitudes have changed over the last year using
Usually found leading large scale IT change & innovation overseas,
Brendon never lost his passion for electrical and electronic
engineering and love of shiny things. Come along and learn why someone
would put 20 of these in a house!
-- details: https://www.meetup.com/WaikatoLinuxUsersGroup/events/246737178/
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174
Some students are Botany Downs Secondary College are upset at their
school’s requirements for them to set the NCEA Level 1 science exam
Their problem is with the ban on chargers, because the school says they
cannot provide outlets for 450 students. So laptops have to have a
5-hour battery life to make it through the exam. Which leaves out
older machines with batteries in less-than-tiptop condition.
Would there be a problem allowing them spare batteries? (And temporary
use of an outlet while switching over, to avoid the need to power
down?) Come to think of it, do they know they can buy spare batteries?
Followed this link
doesn’t seem to relate to the article that included it, but which has
some gems on IoT security worth repeating:
Assumptions of Technological Manifest Destiny:
1. Technology is value-neutral and thus will automatically help everyone
2. Technology should be deployed as quickly as possible
3. History is uninteresting and unhelpful
The Value of Scepticism
In three words: Think before deploying.
In two words: Think first.
In one word: Don’t.
Q: Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is
A: Because Keynote Speakers Make Bad Life Decisions And Are Poor Role
Security researchers often find themselves in for a rough ride (legally
speaking) when they try to report holes that they have found. This new
tries to put together a clear framework so everybody knows exactly
where they stand.
Of course, the next step is to get various organizations to adopt it.